Category: Divorce & Separation

5 top tips for co-parenting during the festive season

The lead-up to the festive season is an exciting time for children, filled with fun, food, and celebrations. However, for parents who are separated, the run-up to the winter break can be a difficult time, particularly if the arrangements for the children have not been agreed.

Here are our top tips for separated parents to help navigate this period.

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Does the divorce Final Order cover everything?

With the introduction of no fault divorce (or no fault dissolution of Civil Partnerships) in April 2022, many couples are choosing a DIY route for their separation in an effort to move forward productively together. There are huge benefits to this, particularly if there are children involved, as being able to divorce without blame or waiting a considerable period can make the whole process less hostile.

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10 steps to take once you have your Final Order of divorce or dissolution

Going through a divorce can be a tough, emotional journey. Once you have your Final Order in your divorce/dissolution it can feel like the weight of the world has lifted and that you can now focus on everything else. There are, however, some really important follow up steps that you need to ensure are ticked off your to-do list:

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Taking a child abroad on holiday after divorce or separation

As the October half term approaches, many divorced or separated parents will be taking their children abroad on holiday. If you are thinking about a trip with your child where you will be taking them to another country, there are few important points to consider before your trip:

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A legally binding marriage

The government’s response to the Law Commission’s recommendations is expected shortly, and it will be very interesting to see if marriage laws are updated.

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Top tips for separated parents during the summer holidays

Before you know it, school will be out for the summer, and already the lovely weather has brought the feel of a fast approaching holiday within reach. For children, this is often the happiest time of their year, a chance to take an academic break, away from grades and pressure in favour of ice cream, […]

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The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 is 50 years old today!

The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (“the MCA 1973”) received Royal Assent 50 years ago today.

This means that the statutory framework that sets out what is a fair financial settlement on divorce (and also now at the ending of a civil partnership) has been in place
for half a century.

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No fault divorce and dissolution of civil partnerships one year on

I can’t really believe that this week marks the one year anniversary of the introduction of “no fault” divorce and “no fault” dissolution of civil partnerships. This time last year we were all waiting with bated breath to see if the long called for changes would help those couples and families going through divorce/dissolution, do so in a more amicable way by taking away the need for blame to be apportioned between them for the breakdown of their relationship.

So, has no fault divorce had the impact everyone hoped?

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7 ways separating parents can help a child with autism cope with change

Divorce or separation can have a significant impact on children, and how it affects each child will vary depending on a range of factors. These include their age, personality, and the extent to which the separation will change their everyday life and routines.

When parents of an autistic child separate, there may be additional factors to consider. Autistic children often benefit hugely from a clear routine, and may have increased anxiety around change, both of which can be a challenge when parents are separating.

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